Extroverted Developer #15

This week Ben and I riff on some news stories along with friend and ZocDoc developer, Jeremy Kimball.

Show Notes

  • Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook by clicking the Like button on the side of the site
  • Device independent pixels and the ‘rem’ unit in CSS/HTML. As well as device independent pixels in WPF, and Android development.
  • Craigslist takes down pad mapper
  • Ben and I disagree on whether Craigslist a net good, or evil in the world?
  • Profits per employee for various companies
  • I talk about a specific company that took the pivoting of lean startup too far and actually abandoned customers who paid money too quickly.
  • CityMaps has had a big release, and everyone should go check out the new layout and city’s available

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Extroverted Developer #14 – Santos Cordon

Today Ben and I interview former Microsoftie turned Googler, Santos Cordon about programming.

Show Notes

  • How did you get into programming?
  • Learning about computers back in the dos/windows days
  • Ti Calculator programming.
  • How did you get to Microsoft?
  • Your work on Office
  • What brought you to NY?
  • The most important thing for an individual developer’s quality is actually using the software.
  • Interviewing and what it can tell you about a company.
  • How would you interview developers for your own company?
  • Design patterns and over engineering.
  • Software Engineering practices in general.
  • Writing services vs writing shrink wrap software.

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Extroverted Developer #13

This week Ben and I slightly change the format of the podcast to talk about some more current events type things.

Show Notes

  • Why can’t we use compilers to remember the differences in browsers, just like C/C++ compiles to different architectures.
  • Google has tried this with Dart and hasn’t been successful.
  • Try Haxe
  • Apple had a bunch of announcements at WWDC
  • High DPI displays are going to be the next revolution in computing, and it’s about time.
  • How ClearType works

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Extroverted Developer #12 – Jonathan Baker

This week Ben and I talk with Director of Mobility Evangelism at SAP, located in our nations capitol, about mobile database technologies and software engineering.

Show Notes

  • Sybase acquisition by SAP.
  • Mobile databases and small footprint databases.
  • SAP making a play on Oracle.
  • Do you still get to code?
  • Building mobile application development is just beginning for many enterprises.
  • What are the main challenges for dealing with enterprise and mobile?
  • How does the iPhone play with enterprise customers?
  • Microsoft tried multiple times to bring out bring out a tablet but can’t seem to get it working
  • The future of mobile operating systems on full PCs and Laptops.
  • Ben: The merge of mobile and desktop computing has been a great boon to UI design.
  • UI design takes as much time as designing your system, algorithms and data structures.
  • Developers vs DBAs.
  • There’s no more debugging in ‘prod’ on mobile devices.
  • The internet isn’t always on as much as we’d like it to be, and as such we need to store data locally for when there’s no connectivity.
  • Software as a profession, do we need accreditation like lawyers and doctors?
  • Many companies have tried this, A+, MCSE, IEEE and ACM certs, etc.
  • Ben: Ultimately it all comes down to hiring, you wouldn’t hire a surgeon because he said he could do it.
  • Managers need to read The Mythical Man Month (9 people can’t have a baby in 1 month)
  • The App store model will make us all compete on software quality
  • fun discussion of Uber and how it’s disrupting old business models

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Extroverted Developer #9

This week Ben and I chat during a CityMaps party about what it takes to be a computer programmer. How do you get into this field, and most importantly can anybody do it?

Show Notes

Fun Pics

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Extroverted Developer #7 – Sean Cribbs

This week Ben and I talk with Basho developer Sean Cribbs about NoSQL and how they write software.

Show Notes

  • Riak
  • Amazon’s Dynamo Paper
  • Riak is really good for cloud storage
  • LAMP pretty much scales horizontally vs Microsoft’s big iron approach
  • Voxer is probably the biggest deployment of Riak
  • How do you work effectively remotely?
  • Chatrooms:Hipchat, Campfire and Hubot
  • Agile Zen for ensuring you have a pull based workflow
  • Differences in culture re: work hours between west and east coast
  • Distributed version control workflow
  • Sean’s Coder Wall
  • Common pitfalls when moving from SVN to git
  • GitHub: Code comments start to matter more when they’re public 🙂
  • GitHub Flow
  • How GitHub Uses GitHub to Build GitHub
  • conflict between Open Source vs Proprietary features
  • How do you do Continuous Integration with GitHub?

Pro Tips

  • Sean: git submodules, or How to use github to API documentation
  • Ben: Dropbox feature: Packrat and Events feed

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Extroverted Developer #6

This week it’s just Ben and I riffing in the new CityMaps HQ with our new recording equipment.

Show Notes

Then Ben and I kind of just BS for a while ‘cause it’s fun 🙂

Shamesless Name Drops

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